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    Dear Friends

    The City of New Haven will be activating “cooling centers” to provide relief from the heat on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 6 and July 7). The following locations will serve as “cooling centers” for seniors and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

    Atwater Senior Center at 26 Atwater Street

    Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center at 255 Goffe Street(People with wheelchairs will need assistance to help travel up ramp)

    East Shore Senior Center at 411 Townsend Avenue

    Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School at 150 Kimberly Avenue will serve as a “cooling center” for the general public and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is the only cooling center that is fully wheelchair accessible.

    Please be advised that anyone attending a cooling location should bring lunch or snacks as no food will be served at these sites. Seniors are reminded that senior centers require 24 hour notice for senior meals.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    Tax Notification

    The first installments of Real Estate, Personal Property and Special Services District Tax and the total Motor Vehicle Tax on the Grand List of October 1, 2009 came due on July 1, 2010 and are payable during the month of July, 2010. Taxpayers who have not received a bill should contact the Tax Office at 203-946-8054 for a duplicate bill, since failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax and respective penalties should the account become delinquent. Unpaid taxes will be considered delinquent as of August 3, 2010. On that date, interest will be charged from the original date of July 1, 2010. Interest is charged at a rate of 18% per year in accordance with the provisions of CGS Section 12-146. Extended Hours at the Office of the Tax Collector are 8a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday, July 22nd through Monday, August 2nd, including Saturday July 24th and July 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Tax payments may be mailed to: Collector of Taxes, P. O. Box 1927, New Haven, CT 06509-1927.

    If you would like to receive electronic notifications from the Office of the Tax Collector about when tax bills are mailed, how to receive a duplicate bill and when bills are due, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters from the City you’d like to receive.

    Property Revaluation Community Meetings

    Data collectors will be visiting your home soon for Property Revaluation. In compliance with Connecticut state statute, the City of New Haven is collecting data for the 2011 property revaluation. State law requires all municipalities to conduct revaluations every five years and to perform physical property inspections every ten years to ensure that taxes accurately reflect property values. During the collection phase, Vision Appraisal data collectors will visit each property and physically inspect the interior and exterior of each building, as well as the characteristics of the land. Attend a Community Meeting with the Tax Assessor to learn about this process. All meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will be held: Tuesday, July 13th at Celentano School and Thursday, July 15th at Edgewood School.

    “Street Smarts” Summer Cycling Celebration

    The City of New Haven will be celebrating the second annual “Street Smarts” Summer Cycling Celebration on Saturday, July 17th at the Summit of East Rock Park. This event starts off with a scavenger hunt on bikes at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Orange Street and English Drive, with prizes for some of the first to make it to the summit. This aspect of the event will offer the unique opportunity to explore East Rock Park and surrounding roads free of motor vehicles with free educational materials, giveaways, games, rides musical entertainment and street performers. At the end of the day, a coordinated bike ride will take place from East Rock Park to the summer concert series on the New Haven Green, featuring Sister Sledge. Come and enjoy the day and the fantastic views of New Haven while riding the ferris wheel.

    Green Tip

    To keep cool without air conditioning, close windows and shades during the day to keep heat out. At night, open windows opposite each other to encourage cross-ventilation, and use fans to draw cool air in.

    Cultural Events

    Now through July 17th at 8 p.m.—Yale Summer Cabaret: The Phoenix. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner. Tickets: http://summercabaret.sites.yale.edu.

    Tuesday, July 6th at 7:15 p.m.—Twilight Tuesday featuring Andy Akiho & Friends at Neighborhood Music School. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: www.nmsmusicschool.org.

    Thursday, July 8th at 5:45 p.m.—Sunny Pics Film Series presents CORALINE (2009) at the Main Library. Bring your own popcorn. For more information: 203-946-8835.

    Saturday, July 10th—Cluefest: New Haven's Annual Citywide Scavenger Hunt. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at Bru Café, event begins at 2 p.m. For more information: www.cluefest.com.

    Saturday, July 10th at 10:45 a.m.—Downtown Culinary Tour. Experience a guided Culinary Walking Tour through historic downtown New Haven with Stephen Fries, New Haven Register Food Columnist and Professor of Hospitality Management. Enjoy tasty samplings along the way. $59 per person. Tours depart from John Davenport's Restaurant at the Top of the Park (Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale) at 10:45 a.m. For more information: 203-777-8550.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor

    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [7/5/2010]


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